PARACHUTE MAN NAMED TO STATE BOARD
Parachute—Parachute resident Dan McCarty has been nominated to serve on the State Board of Stock Inspection. According to Governor John Hickenlooper, McCarty will help make rules and regulations dealing with livestock fees and inspections, bond security for butchers and rules for public livestock auctions. McCarty’s nomination must be confirmed by the Colorado state senate.
GJ CITY COUNCILMAN DIES
Grand Juncion—A Grand Junction City councilman died over the weekend. Newly re-elected councilman Harry Butler died of natural causes according to a city news release. Butler served on the council from 2001 to ’05 and was re-elected two months ago. Today’s council meeting has been called off. Butler was 69 years old.
C-DOT BEGINS STUDY TO FILL TRANSPORTATION GAPS IN MTN. TOWNS
Frisco—(AP) – The Colorado Department of Transportation is launching its first comprehensive transit review that will attempt to create a complete picture of existing local systems, future needs and gaps in service. Funding isn’t available to create a complete statewide transit system, so transportation leaders are instead working toward a collaboration among the existing local and regional systems. CDOT project manager Tracey MacDonald says if people wanted to get from Breckenridge to Denver, they could take the Summit Stage and then maybe connect with a commuter bus service that CDOT would operate. The transit review is expected to take up to 18 months to complete.
FEWER INCENTIVES FOR SOLAR INDUSTRY
DENVER (AP) – Solar-energy companies are thriving in Colorado despite a decline in incentives. Industry executives say a sharp drop in the cost of solar-panel systems is now driving the industry. The installed price for a solar system has dropped since 2004 from $9 a watt to less than $4.